DHL Air Austria launched

Even as the logistics giant makes announcements regarding its CO2 reduction, DHL Express has announced the launch of DHL Air Austria. This is the first such nationally registered air cargo airline in Deutsche Post DHL’s portfolio.

“With this important step, we are making our air freight network in Europe more flexible and stable, while at the same time continuing to meet our customers’ high demand for cross-border express deliveries and providing them with sufficient capacity,” says Ralf Schweighöfer, CEO of DHL Express Austria. 

DHL say that the move is to support the European economy as it recovers from the pandemic. “The new airline DHL Air Austria is an important boost for our aviation industry and the domestic economy. The location decision for Austria is a strong signal for our country. The new headquarter at Vienna International Airport will also create an important value for the region,” emphasized Dr. Magnus Brunner, State Secretary for Aviation.

Flying in the face of its commitments toward a zero carbon transport system, DHL Air Austria is to run up to 18 Boeing 757 aircraft, flown by 176 pilots out of Vienna International Airport. It is also to hire 54 staff to handle operations on the ground.

“The establishment of DHL Express’ first Austrian airline and the receipt of all licenses is a historic moment for all of us. The efficient implementation of this important milestone would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our team and, above all, without the great support of the responsible ministry as well as Austro Control”, says Barbara Achleitner, Managing Director of DHL Air Austria. “It makes us particularly proud that we have managed such enormous achievements together as a team within nine months and that we are creating 54 new jobs at our headquarters at Vienna International Airport.”